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Organic sources for the revitalization of rural Japan: The craft potters of Sado

Matanle, Peter (2006) Organic sources for the revitalization of rural Japan: The craft potters of Sado. In: Haak, Rene, (ed.) Arbeitswelten in Japan. Jahrbuch des Deutschen Institut fur Japanstudien (18). Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien , Tokyo , pp. 149-180. ISBN 978-3-89129-381-2

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Abstract

The population and society of Sado Island are declining at an alarming rate. Much of this decline has been due to endemic outward migration of the island’s younger people to Japan’s large urban areas in search of opportunities for tertiary education and salaried employment. Even though opportunities to find work in Sado do exist, these are in occupations that younger people currently find unattractive. Moreover, education in Sado currently does not serve local circumstances and needs well, being organised primarily by and for the urban centre. This research starts by presenting an overview of the issues surrounding population, education, and employment on Sado, and then moves to presenting a case study of the life and work Sado Island’s craft-potters. The article uses statistical data from official bodies and unstructured interviews with the island’s residents as empirical support for its theoretical discussions. The article concludes by hinting at a possible stabilization of the population through a combination of educational reform, craft-based employment re-generation, and taking advantage of emerging trends in world tourism.

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Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This article is a post-review corrected version, and is the final version prior to publisher proofing. Readers are advised to refer to the published article for accurate citation and referencing. If you are unable to access the published version, then please contact the author at: p.matanle@sheffield.ac.uk.
Keywords: Sado Island; rural revitalization; craft industries; employment; secondary education; sustainability
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of East Asian Studies (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Peter Matanle
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 12:05
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 15:31
Published Version: http://www.dijtokyo.org/?page=publication_detail.p...
Status: Published
Publisher: Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43586

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